Los Alamos National Laboratory Coastal Climate Modeling Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The COSIM team seeks a postdoctoral research associate scientist to work on a broad range of issues related to the changing coastal ocean environment at the land-ocean nexus, including topics in sediment transport, coastal erosion, ecogeomorphology, marine biogeochemistry, and impacts of sea-level rise. Initially, the successful applicant will work on regional coastal climate modeling of the natural system for inundation, shoreline evolution and biogeochemical applications. The research will include model development and analysis leading to improved representation and understanding of coastal processes. The successful candidate will learn about and use regionally refined meshes for MPAS-O within the E3SM coupled modeling framework, add additional model physics toward the improvement of the regional simulation, and evaluate model sensitivity. Interactions across-divisions and with external collaborators are encouraged for this interdisciplinary research thrust. Results from this work will be presented in conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals with software released under an open-development model.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Experience and knowledge of computational physics and/or climate modeling

  • Analysis of model output using scripted languages (e.g., python)

  • Scientific excellence as evidenced by submission and publication of authored publications in refereed journals

  • The ability to work in a highly collaborative team setting

  • Development of scientific codes (one or more of: Fortran, C/C++, etc.)

  • Running of high-performance computer simulations (e.g., leveraging MPI/openMP)

Desired Skills:

  • Sediment transport and / or biogeochemical modeling experience

  • Coastal or ocean modeling experience that includes tidal processes

  • Mixed C++/Fortran software engineering experience

  • Open-source code contributions

Education: A Ph.D. degree in geophysics, fluid dynamics, climate modeling, computational science, physics, applied mathematics, or a closely related field.

Notes to Applicants: In addition to applying on-line, please send a curriculum vitae, digitized copies of transcripts, names of three references, and a one-page cover letter detailing a proposed research topic to Phillip Wolfram at pwolfram@lanl.gov. Please include “Coastal climate modeling postdoctoral research associate2018 Search” in the email subject line. Applications will be reviewed as received.

Additional Details:

Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Postdoc Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Richard P. Feynman, Darleane Christian Hoffman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Distinguished Postdoc Fellowships.

For general information go to Postdoc Program.

Equal Opportunity:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Los Alamos National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security. This position is within the Climate, Ocean and Sea-Ice Modeling (COSIM) Team that develops advanced ocean and ice models for the study of climate and climate change, e.g., the Model for Prediction Across Scales Ocean (MPAS-O) within the Department of Energy’s Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM). A particular focus of E3SM is fully-coupled, global, high-resolution simulations of the Earth system. Within this broad activity, the focus of the Los Alamos National Laboratory is on fully coupled, global, high-resolution simulations of the Earth system relevant for energy and coastal impacts.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: T-3/Fluid Dynamics And Solid Mechanics

Job Title: Coastal Climate Modeling Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC67122